2011 SOS Summaries


Short Descriptions

 

All of Us or None/Legal Services for Prisoners with Children

SOS Spring 2011

$10,000

San Francisco, CA

www.allofusornone.org

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Communities for Public Education Reform (CPER)

Spring SOS 2011

$10,000

California

www.publicinterestprojects.org

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Excluded Workers Congress

SOS Spring 2011

$25,000

Washington, DC

www.excludedworkers.org

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National Day Laborer Organizing Network

SOS Spring 2011

$25,000

Los Angeles, CA

www.ndlon.org

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Full Descriptions

 

All of Us or None/Legal Services for Prisoners with Children

SOS Spring 2011

$10,000

San Francisco, CA

www.allofusornone.org

To support efforts to convene three planning and strategy sessions of the Formerly Incarcerated and Convicted People’s Movement Organizing Committee, which will bring together 20 organizing committee members from cities and regions around the country for two-day facilitated gatherings in Northern California, New York, and Los Angeles in summer and fall 2011.

Mass incarceration and institutionalized discrimination based on felony convictions directly and disproportionately target communities of color. There are an increasing number of organizations led by formerly incarcerated people around the country, and they have won a host of recent significant legislative victories. Because these groups have yet to establish a national network and political platform to strengthen and unify their demands for political and social change, these gatherings will enable them to take the lead to develop and adopt a shared national agenda, create a governance infrastructure for national movement building, and develop a plan for implementing and supporting local organizing and advocacy for building a broader base.

The timing of these gatherings is particularly important given the recent successes of these groups in local areas that could be amplified collectively, the current political climate, and the upcoming 2012 national elections.

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Communities for Public Education Reform (CPER)

Spring SOS 2011

$10,000

California

www.publicinterestprojects.org

To support efforts to convene all 13 California CPER grantees to collectively explore development of a common communications framework/message about how California’s fiscal crisis impacts low-income students and their families.

Local and statewide CPER organizing groups have struggled with how best to tell the “story” of their work, and how to effectively communicate the disproportionate impact budget cuts have on low-income students and school districts. Through the convening, CA CPER groups will identify shared values and craft language to reach critical audiences, laying the groundwork for more sustained strategic communications work in the coming months. The convening will bring together grassroots groups based in communities of color in Los Angeles and the Bay Area, statewide organizing groups, and allies across the state in order to strengthen collective work and develop a coordinated framework that addresses the root cause of education inequity: the unequal allocation of funds and the disproportionate impact of budget cuts on low-income communities.

The budget crisis presents an opportunity for CA CPER groups to engage in a shared discussion about the urgency of fiscal reform. The proposed meeting is critical to helping groups better understand the state budget process and to developing shared, compelling, and powerful stories that effectively present the viewpoint and experience of parents, students and other community members, which is particularly important as the 2012 election approaches.

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Excluded Workers Congress

SOS Spring 2011

$25,000

Washington, DC

www.excludedworkers.org

To support work to organize the International Conference of Excluded Workers in New York City in May 2011, which will create an international platform for the struggles of excluded workers to be recognized as a key global human rights issue, and a space to develop a national collective agenda and coordinated strategies.

The Excluded Workers Congress is led by representatives from alliances of racial justice organizations that all have a majority people of color base, predominantly made up of immigrant and working class people. These alliances have been fighting at the regional and state level and have won significant victories for their sectors. The conference will provide a space to explore the most promising organizing and political strategies being used internationally to expand the human right to organize of excluded workers, and to examine the potential uses and limitations of international human rights law in this arena.

As the attacks on workers has grown and the national economic crisis is being blamed on the working poor, there is a need for workers to come together to build collective power and develop a long-term strategy to gain more rights and protections for workers.

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National Day Laborer Organizing Network

SOS Spring 2011

$25,000

Los Angeles, CA

www.ndlon.org

To support the Turning the Tide summit, which will convene more than 6 networks, 80 organizations, and over 300 organizers in May 2011 to put forward best practices and develop a collective strategy to challenge criminalization and immigration enforcement.

As immigration enforcement is further delegated to local police and sheriffs’ departments, communities of color are hardest hit by its unchecked and corruptible implementation. With federal immigration reform off the table in the foreseeable future, the need to support local level fights, grassroots organizing, and the building of progressive movement infrastructure from the bottom-up becomes even more critical. The Turn the Tide gatherings will help to build local capacity and cultivate local leadership as well as develop strategic allies and a common vision and strategy that cuts across sectors and issues.

This is a critical time to organize, not only because of the massive expansion of police-ICE collaboration, but also because of the inspiring growth of community resistance along side it that the gatherings will help nurture and support.

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